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Sustainable Waste Management and Recovery

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Waste and Recycling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2024 | Viewed by 450

Special Issue Editors

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Embrapa Dairy Cattle, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Juiz de Fora 36038-330, Brazil
Interests: environmental sciences; biogas; biomass; management of agricultural waste; bioprocess; bioproducts; water resources; environmental management

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Department of Pharmacy and Nutrition, CCENS, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Campus Alegre Alto Universitário, s.n. Office 2 Alegre, Alegre 29500-000, ES, Brazil
Interests: environmental microbiology; antibiotic resistance bacteria; resistance genes; microbial pathogenesis; anaerobic digestion; biogas production

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Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, Amadora, Portugal
Interests: bioenergy; biorefineries; bioeconomy; microalgal biotechnology; biofuels; wastewater treatment; GHG; biological mitigation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue proposes to address six crucial research areas for innovation and sustainability in waste management. Firstly, it explores the potential of innovative biomasses derived from industrial and agricultural waste as new sources for bioenergy generation, along with novel bioprocesses. It then focuses on the management of agricultural and industrial waste as a subject of One Health studies, considering both pollutant emissions and processes for minimization and risk assessment for human, animal, and environmental health, integrating chemistry, physics, and biology.

The third aspect addressed is the environmental impact of managing waste from various productive chains, agricultural and industrial alike, examining greenhouse gas emissions and identifying limitations regarding the exploitation of natural and fossil resources. This has implications for the presence of emerging pollutants and micropollutants (fourth point), released by agricultural and industrial practices into diverse environments—aquatic, terrestrial, and aerial—raising environmental and public health concerns.

The fifth aspect delves into the circular economy and bioeconomy for natural resources and their management, emphasizing water conservation, contamination reduction, and the benefits of employing clean energy generation processes. Lastly, attention is drawn to the health aspect of One Health in production processes, investigating physicochemical characteristics, antimicrobial resistance, and biofilm formation, highlighting challenges for food safety and public health related to the persistence and potential resistance of microorganisms and chemicals generated across various value chains.

Dr. Marcelo Henrique Otênio
Dr. Juliana Alves Resende
Dr. Alberto Delgado Dos Reis
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Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • waste management
  • bioprocesses
  • new biomass
  • environmental impact
  • emerging pollutants
  • micropollutants
  • circular economy
  • one health concept

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